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December 2006

Honda reduces waste to landfill by 17%

According to Honda’s new environmental report covering the year ending March 31, Honda cut the amount of waste it sends to landfills by 17 percent over the previous fiscal year..

Two additional Honda plants in North Carolina and Georgia achieved zero waste to landfill.

Also, according to their environmental report, all 13 of Honda’s major North American manufacturing plants operating during the fiscal year were certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

Emissions of volatile organic compounds were reduced 6 percent from previous fiscal year, due primarily to the startup of a new, more environmentally friendly, paint shop at the Marysville Auto Plant.

Water use per auto remained steady, while total water use increased 10 percent from the previous fiscal year, due to an increase in production activity.

Honda R&D Americas’ Raymond, Ohio, central plant became the second Honda facility in North America to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Honda is engaged in projects to further reduce the end-of-life impact of its products, including hybrid battery recycling; and research on ways of reducing automobile shredder residue (ASR), on how best to recycle catalytic converters, and on methods for treating plastic fuel tanks.

Efforts to reduce or eliminate use of substances of concern were continued in FY 2006, including the elimination of lead in all automobile and motorcycle wheels, the phase out of octa- and penta-polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and the reduction in the number of interior and exterior parts made with PVC.

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